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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

September 27, 2002

It's looks like Bond Anderson has been digging through the trash again.

"I wouldn't call myself a class one dumpster diver."

But he gives new life to old junk.

"These are flower pots. This is the bottom of a bucket with orange juice lids. This is a drainage pipe. This is pvc pipe."

These are instruments Bond has taught educators to help with music appreciation in the classroom. But there is a big connection to other subjects too.

"The is math and science as to how the instrument is made and how it makes sound. There is social studies involved when studing who plays the instruments and their cultures."

And that relationship is being foster on playgrounds around the nation with Bond's Marimba and metaliphones. And the payoff comes when Bond sees a child discovering music.

"The cool part is when two kids are playing together and they realize they are in an ensemble and you see the look on their faces."

Bond now makes more than 50 instruments out of yellow pine, Brazilian hardwood, plastic, aluminum, and anything else that will stand up to the elements, and the musicians. His tools are the same as you would find in a wood or machine shop.

"Every hole I drill lowers the pitch, then you cool the bar by dipping it in water and then you tune it."

And its that preciseness that has earned him fans around the country, which is a big accomplishment for this little shop in the tiny town of Parrott.

 Bond says it takes about 40 hours to make the larger instruments. He has studied Indonsian, South American and African cultures and traditions to perfect his construction and tuning skills. His shop, Sound Play, is right across from the depot in Parrott on highway 82, just north of Dawson.

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